2014 Superlatives 

Happy New Year!  2014 has come and gone and now is the time for us to reflect on the great work that each of our project partners carried out over the last 12 months.  We now have 1,801 active organizations on GlobalGiving.org and we would like to take this moment to recognize a few accomplishments of this amazing group of partners with GlobalGiving's second Superlatives!

(For those of you aren’t familiar with Superlatives, these awards are used at many high schools throughout the United States to recognize outstanding students. We’ve put together our own version to appreciate members of the GlobalGiving community.)

Best All Around: 

Arlington Academy of Hope

This Superlative is awarded to a high performing fundraiser that was exceptionally engaged in 2014! Arlington Academy of Hope raised more than $115,000 through individual donations and matching in 2014 and demonstrated exceptional engagement by acting as a webinar host in GlobalGiving's Online Fundraising Academy and presenter at our DC Partner Workshop. In addition, the organization has provided ongoing feedback to the GlobalGiving team to help improve our fundraising platform!


Best Smile: 

Advita Fund USA

This award goes to the organization that won the 2014 Photo Contest, Advita Fund USA. Check out this beautiful picture!

Most Artistic: 

SOLD Project

This is awarded to the organization that best demonstrated their creativity through photos and videos on the GlobalGiving site. SOLD Project was the winner of GlobalGiving’s 2014 Video Contest. Watch their moving video here.



Best Couple: 

More Than Me and West Point Women

for Health and Development

This Superlative recognizes two GlobalGiving partners that have worked together in the field. This year's distinction goes to More than Me and the West Point Women for Health and Development for their amazing work to combat the spread of Ebola in Liberia.  These two groups formed the Ebola-Free Coalition with 8 others in order to provide immediate response to life-saving community needs to end the Ebola epidemic. Initially working only in West Point, the Coalition has since expanded to five additional communities in Monrovia.


Most Likely to Listen, Act, Learn.



In 2014, GlobalGiving invited our partners to share stories of learning in our first-ever #FailForward contest. We challenged organizations to submit a project report describing a time when the organization failed and how the organization learned from that experience. We were thrilled by the response that we received! Dozens of organizations shared anecdotes about challenges that they had faced and how they had overcome and, in many cases, benefited from that experience. Read #FailForward stories here. We are excited to congratulate Awamaki, the winner of the 2014 #FailForward contest. We applaud the organization's commitment to GlobalGiving's value of Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat! Read Awamaki's #FailForward story here.


Most Likely to Change the World: 


In 2014, YOU sent hundreds of children to school in India, Nigeria, and Guatemala. You provided life-saving healthcare in the Philippines, Haiti, and Kenya. You empowered communities in Uganda, Honduras, and the United States to be financial sustainable. And so much more.  We are honored to work with so many world-changing organizations!



Students of Distinction

This award recognizes project leaders who went above and beyond to help the larger GlobalGiving community by guest hosting webinars, acting as an Ambassador, participating in our Leadership Council, and more!

2014 Ambassadors

Hripsime (Sime) Amirkhanyan, HasNa, Armenia

Lavanya Madhyanam, Teach for India, India

Leadership Council

Eunice Ambrocio, Children's Joy Foundation Inc.

Elizabeth Ashford, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Marshall Bailly, Leadership Initiatives

Suiven Devine, Knowledge for Children

Julie Fletcher, International Youth Foundation

Michelle Hamner, Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE)

Kay Helm, Tributaries International

Alison Hendry, Creating Hope International

Lucinda Kerschensteiner, Uhambo

Zainab Khan, Human Development Foundation

Pamela Lee Mickaboo, Companion Bird Rescue

Paul Mboya, Institute for Development and Welfare Services

Karen McDaniels, XSProject

Pacifique Ndayishimiye, GlobeMed at GWU

Campbell Plowden, Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Venkat  Ramakrishnan, Isha Vidhya

Aruna Rao, PAAJAF Foundation

Emma Taylor, International Development Volunteers

Camila Urbina Escobar, Makaia

Yvonne Wallace Blane, Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital

Roberta Ward Smiley, La Reserva Forest Foundation

Webinar Guest Hosts

Marshall Bailly, Leadership Initiatives

Cindy Ballaro, Mothering Across Cotinents

Kathy Bazco, Fabretto

Ron Brenneman, Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, Inc


Most Popular: 

Global Vision International Charitable


This Superlative goes to the organization that had the highest number of donors in 2014. More than 2,400 donors gave to Global Vision International Charitable Trust in 2014!


Most Likely to Succeed: 

Timeout for Africa Education

and Sports Foundation

This award recognizes the organization that raised the most funds after joining in 2014. Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation raised more than $37,000 from more than 500 donors in the Setpember Open Challenge--that's more donors than any previous Open Challenge participant! After joining in September, Timeout for Africa Education and Sports Foundation went on to win a bonus award in GlobalGiving's Year-End Campaign.


Teacher’s Pet: 

Warrior Canine Connection

We are excited to welcome Warrior Canine Connection to the GlobalGiving community! This Superlative recognizes an animal organization that has been especially engaged on the GlobalGiving platform in 2014. Warrior Canine Connection just joined GlobalGiving in the December Open Challenge, winning bonus awards for most money raised and most individual donors in the campaign.


Most Spirited:

QMed Knowledge Foundation 

The award goes to an organization that demonstrated remarkable engagement with GlobalGiving in 2014. QMed Knowledge Foundation presented valuable lessons about online fundraising at GlobalGiving's 2014 Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi, India. The organization is also especially active on the Project Leader Facebook group, offering feedback and support to the GlobalGiving community.


Class Clown: 

Sumatran Orangutan Society

This Superlative recognizes the organization that most effectively used humor in their fundraising efforts. This photo of Sumatran Organgutan Society's rescue efforts received popular attention on social media during the orgaization's participation GlobalGiving's Open Challenge. We also recognize the significant work that Sumatran Orangutan Society is doing to save endangered orangutans and their rainforest home.

Sumatran Orangutan Society 

Most Adventurous: 

Chicuchas Wasi

In 2014, GlobalGiving announced our new Effectiveness Dashboard and a variety of new effectiveness tools designed to help organizations listen, act, and learn on and off the GlobalGiving platform. This award recognizes an organization that has jumped right in and that has already begun to apply these new effectiveness tools to their work. Learn more about the DIY Toolkit and other Effectiveness tools here.  




Minjun Chen, International Student Conferences

Lauren Chhay, Latin American Relief Network, Inc

Sinead Chilton, School on Wheels

Rebecca Davis, Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC)

Maureen Dugan, Arlington Academy of Hope

Beth Eisenstaedt, Wildlife Alliance

Dennis Gaboury, Zimkids Orphan Trust

Kaitlyn Grigsby, Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment (CREATE!)

Kay Helm, Tributaries International

Cathy King, Canines with a Cause

Sylvia Leon Koberg, Fundacion Neotropica, Costa Rica

Rebekah Loy, Amitabha Foundation

Elaine McLevie, Episcopal Refugee Network of San Diego

Connie Peralta, Puerta Abierta, IAP

Daran Rehmeyer, Kudvumisa Foundation USA

David Schaeffer, Children's Cancer Association

Angana Shah, International Career Advancement Association

Jennifer Smith, Community Carbon Trees - Costa Rica

Keriayn Smith, Society for Scientific Advancement

Fred Weiner, Dragonfly Forest

Summit Presenters

Priyanka Batra, Make a Difference

Shalia Brijnath, Aasraa Trust

Anshu Gupta, GOONJ

Anshal Jain, Make a Difference

Kyla Johnson, Educate Girls

Lavanya Madhyanam, Teach for India, India

Priyanka Singh, Seva Mandir

Vasumathi Sriganesh, QMed Knowledge Foundation

Vishal Talreja, Dream a Dream

K. Thiagarajan, Agastya International Foundation

Elsa Varghese, Mumbai Mobile Creches



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